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2018

President's Award for Lifetime Achievement: Harry Bertschmann, Fine Artist

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient, Doctor of Fine Arts: Chuck Hoberman, Designer, Engineer, Inventor, Innovator

Honorary Degree Recipient, Doctor of Fine Arts: Luciano Benetton, Entrepreneur

Speaker: Lilliana Vazquez, Style Correspondent

2017

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Essie Weingarten, Founder, Essie Cosmetics, Fashion Buying and Merchandising '70 

President's Award for Creative Excellence: LL Cool J, Recording Artist, Actor, Author 

2016 

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient, Doctor of Humane Letters: Ivy Ross, Vice President and Head of Project Aura, Google, Inc.

Honorary Degree Recipient, Doctor of Fine Arts: Francisco Costa, Fashion Designer 

President's Award for Lifetime Achievement: Ruth Finley, Founder and Former Publisher, The Fashion Calendar

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient, Doctor of Humane Letters: Joe Zee, Creative Director, Yahoo Style

Honorary Degree Recipient, Doctor of Fine Arts: Jane Rosenthal, President, Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Enterprises

2015 

Honorary Degree Recipient: Daniel Libeskind, Founder and Principal Architect, Studio Libeskind

President's Award for Creative Excellence: Randy Fenoli '93, CEO, Randy Fenoli Enterprises, Inc. 

President's Award for Lifetime Achievement: Peter G. Scotese, Chairman Emeritus of FIT's Board of Trustees

President's Award for Creative Excellence: Joy Herfel Cronin '86, Group President of the Americas, Ralph Lauren Corporation and FIT Foundation Director

Speaker: Marc J. Metrick, President, Saks Fifth Avenue

Speaker: Brooke Shields,Actor, Author, and Entrepreneur

2014 

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Bobbi Brown, CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

President's Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: John Pomerantz, FIT Trustee Emeritus and Former FIT Foundation Chair

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Christian Louboutin, Founder, Christian Louboutin SA

2013 

Honorary Degree Recipient, Doctor of Fine Arts: Dennis Basso '73, Designer and Founder, Dennis Basso

Speaker: Fern Mallis, President, Fern Mallis LLC

Speaker: Rebecca Minkoff, Creative Director and Founder, Rebecca Minkoff LLC

2012 

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient, Doctor of Humane Letters: Leslie A. Blodgett ’85, Executive Chairman, Bare Escentuals, Inc.

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient, Doctor of Fine Arts: Davin Stowell, Founder and CEO, Smart Design

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient, Doctor of Fine Arts: Carolina Herrera, Designer and Founder, Carolina Herrera

2011 

Lifetime Achievement Award: Simon Doonan, Creative Ambassador-at-Large, Barneys

Lifetime Achievement Award: Glenda Bailey, Editor in Chief, Harper’s Bazaar

Speaker: Aerin Lauder, Creative Director and Chairman, AERIN LLC, and Style and Image director, Este Lauder 

Speaker: Tony Hsieh, Chief Executive Officer, Zappos.com

2010 

Honorary Degree Recipient, Doctor of Fine Arts: Norma Kamali '64, President, Norma Kamali, Inc. 

Honorary Degree Recipient, Doctor of Fine Arts: Alan Hassenfeld, Retired Chairman and CEO, Hasbro Inc.

Speaker: Nina Garcia '92, Fashion Director, Marie Claire

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